In the operating room, where nurses and other healthcare personnel should be in full control of the environment, the risk of fire remains very high. The operating room is a highly hazardous environment. An oxygen-enriched atmosphere combined with highly flammable fabrics, chemicals and other materials, as well is ignition sources in close proximity, makes the risk of fire in the operating room a serious concern.
This video will increase the perioperative nurse's awareness of how to prevent fires in the perioperative setting and how to respond if a fire should occur.
Upon completion of this activity, the participant should be able to:
- Discuss the three components of the fire triangle
- Describe appropriate steps to take in the event of an OR fire
- Identify measures that can be implemented in order to prevent OR fires
- Discuss the relevance of recommended practices when developing a fire prevention program for the OR suite